Well, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has had enough with Democrats unwilling to compromise on border security. After days of haggling, he’s finally come around to the idea that the president should declare a national emergency for the border wall. Yesterday, Trump had a meeting with Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), where he proposed re-opening the government in exchange for parts of his wall being built. The Democrats refused. They’re running the show in the House and letting the White House know. They’re not playing ball. And why should they? From their standpoint, they gained 40-seats in the 2018 elections on the promise that they would be a check on the Trump White House. Also, this is a party that simply doesn’t care about illegal immigration. They also appear to not care about illegal aliens murdering Americans.
Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on Wall/Barrier funding – even if the government were to be reopened – virtually ends congressional path to fund Wall/Barrier.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 10, 2019
Time for President @realDonaldTrump to use emergency powers to build Wall/Barrier.
I hope it works.
??LINDSEY GRAHAM CALLS FOR TRUMP TO USE EMERGENCY POWERS FOR WALL ??— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 10, 2019
“It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier. pic.twitter.com/eVXuArgdli
Graham 2.0 has his moments, and this is one of them. Trump has said that if there were no deal on border security, he would most likely declare a national emergency in order to get it done. It would be no different than what Obama did on immigration, Obamacare, and his air campaign in Libya. Oh, and law scholar Jonathan Turley said that Trump absolutely has the power to declare a national emergency for the border wall. There are legal issues concerning where and how the funds are used, but it’s not “facially unconstitutional,” as some have argued.
Built that wall.